Yen Press made kind of a sneaky announcement yesterday without any warning at all. On their official website, they made the reveal that not only have they licensed the manga Goblin Slayer — Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One but they will be simulpubbing it as it is released in Japan!
For those of you who have no idea what this is, allow me to fill you in. Back in February 2016, a light novel series titled Goblin Slayer began its run in Japan. Then later that year, there was a manga adaptation by Kousuke Kurose launched for this series. Now, fast forward to yesterday and we have another manga adaptation which is more of a spinoff from the main story. Yen Press has already licensed both the light novel series and the main manga adaptation so this just makes for the trifecta.
In the main story, the hero is a man known as the Goblin Slayer. He desires for nothing else but to destroy goblins. After hearing about his reputation, a female elf approaches him with a request and thus begins their adventures together.
The first chapter of the side story is available now on Yen Press’ website.